Google today provided a schedule of when and how to start phasing out support for Chrome apps on all operating systems. The company announced that it will not use Chrome Apps for the first time in 2016.
Google says the Web as a platform has made significant progress since the launch of the Chrome app in 2013. Advances in modern browsers and the emergence of progressive web apps (PWAs) can be seen in the success of Pigma and Google Earth, which means that the web “is in the right place for most responses.”
In 2017, we completely removed the Chrome app category from the web store. The company now says that from March 2020, the Chrome Web Store will no longer accept new Chrome apps, but developers can update their existing apps by June 2022.
In June 2020, we will end support for Chrome apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux. However, Chrome Enterprise and Chrome Education Upgrade customers can extend their support by 2020.
A year later, in June 2021, Google is ending support for Chrome apps on Chrome OS, along with major APIs like NaCl, PNaCl, and PPAPI APIs. Selected customers can extend their support until June 2022 until the Chrome app stops working completely.
Google already offers a Chrome App Migration site for Chrome app developers.
The timeline and announcements above are only relevant for Chrome apps and do not affect the Chrome extension in any way.